Promoting unity among people of faith (or no particular faith) in the 21st Century.

InterFaith21 header image 1

St. Gregory’s ‘Children of Abraham,’ Hazelton on Quran

January 21st · No Comments · Interfaith

(L-R): Rabbi David Steinhardt of B'nai Torah Congregation, C.B. Hanif of New Africa of the Palm Beaches, and the Rev. Andrew Sherman, our host, at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church in Boca Raton.

I’m thanking our Maker for the Rev. Andrew Sherman and his St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church congregation of Boca Raton, for Rabbi David Steinhardt of the nearby B’nai Torah Congregation, and for all who gathered for last night’s “Children of Abraham” event to which I was invited to speak.

The evening’s wonderful spirit seemed to me a tremendous tribute to Rev. Sherman’s stewardship, to his and Rabbi Steinhardt’s G-d given warmth, wit and wisdom, as well as to the quest for understanding and unity among those present.

Thanks again to all who, after the program, shared your kinds words of encouragement, unity and love. Insha’Allah — G-d Willing — we’ll meet again soon.

Meanwhile I promised to a link to Lesley Hazelton’s wonderful TED video, “On reading the Koran,” the subject of my previous post.

Enjoy. Peace & Blessings. More St. Gregory’s scenes:

Speaking to the capacity audience regarding our shared prophetic tradition, Rev. Sherman described the prophets as not only recipients and speakers of G-d's Word — they became the embodiment as well as the bearers of G-d's Word.

The Golden Age is not in the beginning of history, Rabbi Steinhardt reminded us — it's in the future.

Among other verses, I quoted the Quran 3:84, in which we are reminded to say: "We believe in G-d, and in what has been revealed to us and what was revealed to Abraham, Isma'il, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and in (the Books) given to Moses, Jesus, and the prophets, from their Lord: We make no distinction between one and another among them, and to G-d do we bow our will ( in Islam)."

For the audience's questions, never enough time.

But the conversations...

The information shared...

The exchanges...

And new friendships forged...

Were a blessing.

Rabbi Steinhardt, Rev. Sherman and Carl House.

A hug of unity from Ruben Cedeno, a dear friend from the worldwide Christian lay movement, the Focolare.

Reuben, Hanif and Carl House, who was instrumental in my invitation to St. Gregory's.

David Cominole, Hanif, Marilyn Athey.

Imam Hanif, Rabbi Steinhardt, Rev. Sherman and Dr. Bassem Al-Halabi of the Islamic Center of Boca Raton.

— C.B. Hanif

Tags: ······

No Comments so far ↓

There are no comments yet...Kick things off by filling out the form below.

Leave a Comment